OWEN ON HIS WAY OUT

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen is expected to be one of the departures from Old Trafford this summer after it has been rumoured that the striker has gone extremely desperate for first-team football.

Michael Owen joined Manchester United from Newcastle United on a free transfer, which raised a lot of eyebrows.

He has since been unable to nail a first-team spot within the Manchester United team mainly due to the presence of players like Dimitar Berbatov, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Hernandez. It is thought that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is looking to build his fifth squad in his Manchester United career by basing it on speed.

This would rule out players like Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen, who was well known for his speed and pace during his prime but has relied mostly on his intelligence to score goals in the last few seasons. It means that there is unlikely to be a place for him in the Manchester United squad next season.

Owen is currently injured after having not featured for Manchester United for more than three months. He is not expected to be back for the title run-in. This injury is the latest among numerous injuries in his three years stay at Old Trafford.

Michael Owen's contract comes to an end at the end of the season. It is unlikely that he will be offered new deal.

Even though Michael Owen's agent has revealed that his client would like to stay in the Premier league, there will certainly be offers for him from the Championship given his quality. He would almost certainly be useful to a squad looking to cut down their online Europa League odds, with his experience and ability helpful to teams such as Stoke or Sunderland.

Ferguson recently revealed that Dimitar Berbatov will also be sold in the summer, as the former Tottenham striker is now looking for regular first team football at 31 years of age.